President Clinton's awareness of the Human Genome Project, Ari Patrinos
Interviewee: Ari Patrinos. President Clinton's awareness of the Human Genome Project.
There must have been a desire, maybe going up, at that time I didn't know, but maybe all the way up to President Clinton himself, to see some resolution here as opposed to this continued feuding. In retrospect now, we know that President Clinton had become aware of the project, had become actually quite fascinated with it, had met both principals, I think he had met Craig Venter and his wife on one of the renaissance weekends that he used to have around New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and I think he had also met Francis Collins in some of the events, again associated either with the Human Genome Project or with legislation dealing with genetic discrimination for example. So he'd probably taken, you know, taken note of both men, their prominence, their capabilities and their importance in this and therefore it isn't unlikely, and I am sure I would say it is probably quite likely that he personally would have expressed a desire and a commitment to solve this problem and, and find some solution.
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President William (Bill) Clinton talks about the significance of the Human Genome Project.
Commentators on the genome sequence (Human Genome Project). Top: William Clinton, Ewan Birney, John Sulston. Bottom: Jim Watson, Craig Venter.
President William (Bill) Clinton talks about the united political view on the Human Genome Project.
Craig Venter talks about the public won the race.
Craig Venter talks about techniques and the new biology.
The leaders of the private and public genome projects, Craig Venter and Francis Collins.
Craig Venter, leader of the private effort at Celera Genomics, speaks about his company's reliance on the public data for reassembly of the Celera sequence.
Origins of the EST project.
Craig Venter and Francis Collins represent the commercial and the federally-funded efforts of the Human Genome Project.
Ari Patrinos talks about the idea for the Human Genome Project.